15 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

15 days in Northwest Italy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Italy attractions planner
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Venice
— 2 nights
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Menaggio
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pisa
— 1 night
Drive
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Lucca
— 1 night
Drive
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Florence
— 3 nights
Drive
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Siena
— 2 nights
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Rome
— 3 nights
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Venice — 2 nights

City of Romance

Virtually unchanged for the last six centuries, Venice is actually a group of islands made famous by a series of canals, bridges, monuments, piazzas, and narrow pedestrian lanes.
Explore Venice's surroundings by going to PDC Cartizze (in Valdobbiadene) and Padua (Chiesa degli Eremitani - World Heritage Site, Scrovegni Chapel, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, snap pictures at Ponte di Rialto, and contemplate the long history of Basilica dei Santi Giovanni e Paolo (San Zanipolo).

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Venice travel planner.

London, UK to Venice is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also take a train; or do a combination of car and train. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from London to Venice due to the time zone difference. Traveling from London in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Venice: highs are around 29°C and lows about 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can drive to Menaggio.
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Find places to stay Sep 5 — 7:

Menaggio — 2 nights

Menaggio is a town and comune in the province of Como, Lombardy, northern Italy, located on the western shore of Lake Como at the mouth of the river Senagra.Menaggio has three frazioni (parishes): Croce, Loveno and Nobiallo.HistoryThe area of current Menaggio was conquered by the Romans in 196 BC. The Roman conquest culminated with the construction of a road called the Via Regina.Menaggio was a walled city. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Villa Carlotta, admire the landmark architecture of Villa del Balbianello, and then get to know the fascinating history of Greenway del Lago di Como. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Il Tornio, step into the grandiose world of Castello di Vezio, admire the natural beauty at Il Giardino Botanico - Hotel Villa Cipressi, admire the striking features of Villa Monastero, then pause for some serene contemplation at S. Giovanni Battista, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Paul DEMARIA - The Open Lake & Landscape Studio d’Arte.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Menaggio online day trip planner.

Getting from Venice to Menaggio by car takes about 4 hours. In September, daytime highs in Menaggio are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pisa.
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Find places to stay Sep 7 — 9:

Pisa — 1 night

Known worldwide for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the city of Pisa historically served as a maritime power in the heart of Tuscany.
On the 10th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Leaning Tower of Pisa, make a trip to Piazza dei Miracoli, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Duomo di Pisa, then see the interesting displays at Museo Aviotruppe Esercito Italiano, and finally stroll through Palazzo al Borgo di Corliano.

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You can drive from Menaggio to Pisa in 4.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lucca.
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Lucca — 1 night

City of a Hundred Churches

Lucca, famous for its intact Renaissance-era city walls, remained an independent city-state until the end of the 18th century.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, steep yourself in history at Le mura di Lucca, then admire the striking features of St Martin Cathedral, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Torre Guinigi.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lucca trip itinerary builder app.

Lucca is very close to Pisa. September in Lucca sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Florence.
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Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Florence — 3 nights

Birthplace of the Italian Renaissance

Considered a cultural, artistic, and architectural jewel of Italy, Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance.
When in Florence, make a side trip to see Castello del Trebbio in Santa Brigida, approximately Santa Brigida away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Piazzale Michelangelo, appreciate the extensive heritage of Piazza del Duomo, admire the masterpieces at Pitti Palace, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Campanile di Giotto.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Florence online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lucca to Florence in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Florence can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Siena.
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Siena — 2 nights

Cultural Heart of Tuscany

Siena, a medieval Tuscan city, features numerous attractions, including a historic town center, alleyways, towers, and well-preserved buildings.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Guardastelle Vineyard, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Duomo di Siena, and then deepen your understanding at Scuola di Cucina di Lella. On the next day, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Siena day trip planning website.

You can drive from Florence to Siena in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Siena are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Rome.
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Rome — 3 nights

Eternal City

Aptly nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is the birthplace of the Roman Empire, one of the world's greatest civilizations ever.
Rome is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at St. Peter's Basilica, admire the masterpieces at Vatican Museums, ponder the design of Trevi Fountain, and don't miss a visit to Spanish Steps.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Rome sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Siena to Rome takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September in Rome, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 16 — 19:

Lake Como travel guide

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A favorite vacation spot for more than a century, Lake Como was once an exclusive retreat for local aristocrats and wealthy people. It is not only one of Europe's most beautiful lakes, but also one of the deepest at more than 400 m (1,300 ft). Surrounded by elegant villas, the lake has become a popular holiday destination for tourists because of its range of attractions, from landscapes, wildlife, and spas, to activities like sailing, windsurfing, and kite-surfing. The area has been an inspiration for artists since Roman times. English poet Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty…It is long and narrow and has the appearance of a mighty river winding among the mountains and the forests."
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